After the blocking action carried out by the Indian government, Arena of Valor finally announced that they would close their services in India. This was announced by AOV India’s official page which was published at 9 this morning. Through this announcement, the developer Arena of Valor said that they would delete all data on the India AOV server within 30 days.
“Data security and user privacy are our top priorities. All game data, including any personal information, will be deleted within 30 days, unless we have the legal authority to retain the data, or it is retained due to the legal authority that the data has. ” wrote the official page of the Arena of Valor India in the post.
Apart from Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile is also another game whose fate is uncertain in India. The last time, PUBG’s PC / Console developer and publisher, namely PUBG Corp, decided to take over the publisher role in India in an effort to be able to redistribute one of the most popular games in India.
But sadly, the effort turned out to be fruitless. Quoting InsideSports, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology said that the blocking status of PUBG Mobile has not changed and will not change, even though PUBG Corp has terminated the publishing rights of Tencent Games on PUBG Mobile.
India is indeed actively blocking various applications and games from China. The first wave of blocking occurred in June 2020, with Mobile Legends, TikTok, and 57 other applications on the block list. Three months later the Indian government launched a second block of blocks, with PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, and 116 additional apps being blocked as well.
The server closure may have been a pain in itself for players. But, data deletion? Players who have top-up will certainly be the losers if there is no compensation from Tencent Games. Source: AOV Official
Quoting from local media, the government said that the blocking was carried out because these applications were considered to have been involved in activities that threaten the sovereignty, integrity, defense, security and order of the people of the Indian state.
“You have been through battle in battle, obtained first blood, and carried your team. We will always remember your “Legendary” game in Arena. thanks. See you for now. ” close the post from the official AOV India page.
The closure of the AOV servers in India raises questions. One of the most important things is, what will happen to the players who have done the top-up after deleting the data? Of course the data will be lost, but will there be compensation from Tencent Games for the losses received by players for the loss of digital purchase data?